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Unlimited clean and free energy forever…..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1194169/Set-controls-heart-Sun.html

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Say what you want about US based GM being a dinosaur of a car company, building inefficient cars in inefficient manufacturing plants, but the same cannot be said about their European subsidiary Opel (soon to be owned by Canada’s Magna).

Check out this You Tube video from one of their European plants.

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Geothermal power is power extracted from heat stored in the earth. This geothermal energy originates from the original formation of the planet, from radioactive decay of minerals, and from solar energy absorbed at the surface. It has been used for space heating and bathing since ancient roman times, but is now better known for generating electricity. About 10 GW of geothermal electric capacity is installed around the world as of 2007, generating 0.3% of global electricity demand. An additional 28 GW of direct geothermal heating capacity is installed for district heating, space heating, spas, industrial processes, desalination and agricultural applications.

Geothermal power is cost effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly, but has previously been geographically limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Recent technological advances have dramatically expanded the range and size of viable resources, especially for direct applications such as home heating. Geothermal wells tend to release greenhouse gases trapped deep within the earth, but these emissions are much lower than those of conventional fossil fuels. As a result, geothermal power has the potential to help mitigate global warming if widely deployed instead of fossil fuels.

There are a 3 main issues with geothermal that need to be addressed before we decide that this is the best option.

  1. What impact do the gases released from geothermal implementations have on greenhouses gas emissions?
  2. How much geothermal energy does the Earth possess (and how much can we take before having an impact)?
  3. How the heck do we drill efficiently and deep enough to extract this energy.  Currently we use diamond tipped drill bits to bore holes into the Earth’s crust but this method had proven costly, time consuming and ineffective.

Issue #1 and #2 still remain controversial however a new invention from Jared Potter has addressed issue #3.  Check out the video of this prototype in work.  It is very impressive.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_power
http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-06/jets-7200°f-hydrogen-cut-through-granite-100-feet-hour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmxxsf_AJ3w&eurl=http://www.popsci.com/&feature=player_embedded

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I am getting really sick of having to own an array of remote controls just to watch a DVD on TV in surround sound.  I am baffled why companies don’t start integrating end point devices into one another.  The basis for the platform should be the flat panel television or monitor.  The DVD player, cable box and speakers should all be built in, with expandable ports for such things as game consoles.

The TV is the most important part of an entertainment system and we cannot afford to sacrifice much in the interest of integration.  That said, the TV has gotten remarkably smaller (thinner) in the past 10 years so there is lots of room to take a small step backwards and allow for expansion in order to fit all the require components directly into the television.

Why in 2009 do we still need a DVD player that is the size of an 80’s VCR?  Laptop DVD players are not much bigger than the palm of my hand and have been discreetly integrated for years.  Game consoles too have gotten much smaller.  A processor, some software and a controller is all that one requires to play a video game.

In order to pull this off and allow for nonproprietary and open competition all that we have to do is set standards.  We have standards for everything, including most things related to multimedia already.  If we took it a step farther we would be able to buy a complete home entertainment system that hangs discreetly on the wall, without all the wires and without the need for a dozen power sources (or power bars).  A true out-of-the-box solution.

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This is a You Tube video of a true green house.  It has wind, solar and passive energy.  The coolest thing is that uses hay as insulation.  Apparently the hay or straw has breathing capabilities, making it its own heat recovery ventilation system.    It is amazing what you can do if you build and design your own home.

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My iPod does not work in weather of -2 degrees Celsius or colder.  I Googled the reason for this and have come to discover that iPods just don’t work in the cold.  There are some explanations out there that sensitive electronic equipment must be kept warm in order to work.  This seems fishy because my watch works in the cold, my car works in the cold and even my cell phone works in the cold (similar battery and display). In fact, I can’t think of anything else in the world of electronics that does not work in the cold.  As much as I love my iPod I can’t help but believe that some improvements must be made to help those of us who live in colder climates.

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